Thursday, May 6, 2010

5/13 East Austin Stories


Everyone loves stories. They remind us of the past, teach us about our neighbors, and tie the community together. Nowhere is richer in stories than East Austin, where colorful celebrations and tantalizing cuisines are a way of life. East Austin is a center of the arts, from ballet folklorico to the blues and from glassmaking to tattooing; it is a place where people have fun racing motorcycles, boxing, or just hanging out in the pool. Of course, East Austin shares the same problems as many inner city areas. But as the short documentaries on this web site illustrate, East Austin is a lot more than statistics or newspaper headlines. It's a network of families, communities, and businesses, each with their own stories to tell.

The short documentaries in this program are the result of collaborations between East Austinites and University of Texas filmmakers. At the end of each semester, we hold free, public screenings in the East Austin places like Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. These screenings give filmmakers, storytellers, and neighbors a chance to hear and enjoy each other's stories, to get to know each other, and to learn.

This year’s screening, supported in part by the UT RTF Department, DiverseArts and Texas Folklife, will take place at two locations:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (1206 E. 9th Street)
Thursday, May 13th – 7pm

Kenny Dorham’s Backyard (1106 E. 11th Street)
Thursday, May 13th – 9pm

One of the films to be screened:
Pétanque at the French Legation
Dir. Michelle Dahlenburg, Matty Greene, Adrian LaGuette
Wine, cheese and little balls of steel—it’s an afternoon
playing a favorite French pastime in the heart of East Austin.


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